It’s not expensive to Start a Blog (find out here How to Start a Blog for only $3.95 per month) but if you’re not careful it can soon get expensive.
There’s so much to learn about designing your Blog, getting traffic, building your email list and of the all important strategies for making money.
And you’re under pressure from everyone and their Mom who wants you to buy their eBook or a Course that will teach that one thing you need to know right now. Or your Blog is doomed!
Not really, of course your Blog isn’t doomed, and neither will it fail.
Because I have here a list of Free Blogging courses, eBooks, templates and checklists to help you with the basics (and more in some cases) of:
- Starting a Blog that will Make Money
- Designing your Blog so it wows your Readers
- Creating Content your Readers love and want more of
This post is Day One in a fun series of posts, called 6 Days of Blogging Freebies. Catch up with the complete series here:
- Day One: The 21 Top Free Resources for Starting a Blog (This Post)
- Day Two: 20 Blog Courses and Resources to Grow your Blog Traffic for Free
- Day Three: 24 Hand-Picked Blogging Courses and Resources to Skyrocket your Email List & Sweeten your Blog Income
- Day Four: The Ultimate Round-up of 40+ Free Blogging Tools to Make You a Better Blogger
- Day Five: 120+ Pinterest Group Boards to Join to Grow your Blog Traffic for Free
- Day Six: Tried and Tested Free WordPress Themes
As more and more Bloggers understand the importance of their Email List and sales funnels, the number of Freebies, and most importantly, the quality of these freebies has skyrocketed. And I have carefully picked only high quality freebies to add to this list.
(This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase after clicking on one of my unique referral links. Thank you for your support)
Does this mean you’ll never have to buy anything?
However when you are just starting out there is a lot to learn about Blogging. And until you learn a little bit about it all, you don’t know which products and tools will help you in your Blogging journey.
When you are new to Blogging, you should definitely take advantage of the growing range of quality freebies available to you. Free Resource will teach you the basics and when you have the basics in place, you are in a better position to plan purchases that you know you actually need.
Free Resources for Starting a Blog
Blog Business Plan (by Regina)
Get this Free 36-page workbook to guide you as you create your Blog Business Plan
Billionaire Blog Bootcamp (Billionaire Blog Club)
It’s 12 days of no fluff, no nonsense, straight up Business advice for Blogger who wants to start a Blog that makes money!
WordPress Glossary (Blog Clarity)
Well, not any more, because this Glossary contains easy-to-understand definitions for 35+ WordPress terms
Website Planning Guide and Workbook (Mariah Magazine)
Make WordPress your bitch (Nose Graze)
All new Bloggers should take this course! As i jut said, there are loads of free ‘Start a Blog’ courses out there, but hardly any of them go into detail about WordPress, which is where this course comes in.
This course goes deep into detail about how to keep your Blog safe from hackers, plugins to help you Blog quicker & more efficiently, how to create a contact form plus loads more in the 15 lessons.
Legalize your Blog (Jade & Oak)
This free course teaches you how to protect your Blog from content thieves, how to protect your readers privacy, how to legally host a giveaway, and more.
Free Resources for Designing your own Blog
Quick and Dirty Guide to Branding (The Branded Solopreneur)
An Intentional Brand Identity makes your Blog recognisable, attracts your ideal readers and helps your Blog stand out in the crowd.
This 25+ page free guide introduces you to the 6 foundations of developing your Brand identity and includes exercises, resources & examples.
You’re spoilt with this one, because it’s a whole library of free resources from my favourite DIY design blog.
The library includes the eBook ‘Blog Beautiful; 5 Tips + Fixes to Make your Blog Glow’, social media icons, worksheets for designing a perfect sidebar, and more.
Learning to take your own photographs has many benefits for your Blog; save money on stock photography, always get the photo you want, and make sure your Social Media and Blog photographs are unique
Get 5 lessons in this Blog Photography Challenge to improve your Blog photography
Canva For Entrepreneurs
In this free course you learn design tricks and hacks, how to create templates and use pre-designed templates, how to create Pins, Blog Headers and Instagram images, plus lots more.
DIY Web Designer Toolkit
Luckily, there are tools out there designed just to make a DIY Blog designer’s life easier. In this Toolkit you’re provided with font selection and colour palette tools plus the best places to find stock photos and images to help you give your Blog a professional looking design.
Graphic Design Mini Course for Bloggers
This 5-day mini course teaches you the 10 most common design mistakes make by Bloggers when DIY-ing your Blog’s design and graphics. And then it teaches you how to rectify those mistakes.
This Blog post, and video tutorial, shows you how to create your own Moodboard and gives you a free Moodboard template to use in Photoshop.
Free Resources for Writing Informative Blog Posts
Monthly Content Planning Kit (Your Content Empire)
This 16-page workbook will help you plan out and see all your content (posts, social media & email) all in in one place every month, plus start to map your content funnel.
101 Blog title templates (Olivia.co)
Compelling Blog Headlines are essential to grab your readers’ attention, and encourage them to click through and read your Blog posts.
I use this list of Blog Title Templates all the time.
You get 101+ title templates (literally just fill in the blanks) plus an added bonus of a list of power word to use in your Blog titles.
Blog Post Planner and Checklist (Clarity Avenue)
There’s more to creating a Blog post than simply writing a few hundred words in your WordPress dashboard. Blog posts that get thousands of views and shares don’t just happen.
This guide takes you through the 6 steps to creating quality blog posts, plus a Blog Post Template, Planner and Checklist
One Year of Blog Content Prompts (Gemma Bonham Carter)
What is way more helpful is to find prompts to come up with your own Blog post ideas. Which is exactly what you get with this list of Seasonal Blog post prompts.
I’m a big fan of anything that helps me write Blog posts quicker.
This workbook gives you 5 questions to answer to perfectly structure your Blog posts, create a solid outline and get your posts written faster.
Proofreading Checklist (Hedera House)
Finding a mistake in a Blog Post after you’ve pressed publish is seriously annoying!
Which is why I love this 21-page Proofreading checklist and accompanying Blog post with 10 Proofreading tips
Content Idea Spreadsheet Template (Solopreneur Diaries)
My Blog post ideas used to be scribbled on random pages in my many notebooks, which made them very difficult to find again!
But thanks to this free Spreadsheet template my Blog post ideas are now all neatly organised and easy to find
Editorial Calendar Template Spreadsheet (Bluchic)
An Editorial Calendar is essential for staying strategic with your Blog posts. There’s no rushing to get stuff posted, no last minute scrabble for post ideas and you can see exactly what you should be working on and when.
This Editorial Calendar spreadsheet and accompanying blog post will help you get more productive and blog more effectively.
So there you have it; 21 Blogging freebies lovingly gathered to help you in the early stages of Getting your Blog Started.
Don’t forget to check out the other posts in the series, and if you’ve not started your Blog yet, start right here with this step-by-step tutorial on How to Start a Blog in 20 minutes or less.
I’ll be back tomorrow with Freebies for the next stage of your Blogging Journey; Growing your Traffic.